Virat Kohli caps sensational 2016 with record-shattering feats

first_imgIndia Test captain Virat Kohli’s sensational run in 2016 is only getting better by the day. To say that Kohli has been brilliant this year would be an understatement. (Scorecard)The 28-year-old has become the cornerstone of India’s Test team, a finisher par excellence in ODIs and a dominant force in T20s.Kohli has been in record-shattering form this year, scoring heavily in all formats. He has set new records in T20s, has slammed three hundreds in nine ODIs, and hammered three hundreds, including two double centuries in 10 Tests. He has now surpassed England’s Joe Root (2399 runs) to become the leading run-scorer in international cricket this year. (Murali Vijay answers critics with stylish eighth hundred)Continuing with his record-breaking spree, Kohli today became the first Indian to aggregate 1000 Test runs in a calendar year since Rahul Dravid, who made 1145 runs in 2011. He also surpassed 2000 runs as the Test captain of the Indian side and now averages more than 50 in all three formats of the game.Virat Kohli also became the 14th Indian to complete 4000 runs in Test cricket. He is the second youngest for India after Sachin Tendulkar to accomplish this feat. (Virat Kohli slams England’s mid-tour break for Christmas)That’s not all. The aggressive Delhi batsman is also the first Indian captain in last 10 years and only the fourth overall to aggregate 1000 Test runs in a year.Kohli reached the milestones on the third day of the ongoing fourth Test as India made steady progress towards England’s first-innings total of 400 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. (Captain courageous Virat Kohli best in the business right now)advertisementThe hosts, leading 2-0 in the five-match series, reached 247/2 in their first innings at lunch, still trailing England by 153 runs. Resuming on 146 for one, the hosts suffered an early jolt when Cheteshwar Pujara (47) was bowled on the second ball of the morning. However, it proved to be the only success for the English bowlers in the opening session as Vijay and Kohli flayed the attack. (No similarities in playing style between me and Kohli: Tendulkar)While Vijay reached his second century of the series, the in-form Kohli took little time to get out of the blocks, making sure England could not build pressure after the early wicket of Pujara. However, Vijay had a lapse in concentration after lunch and gave his wicket to leg-spinner Adil Rashid to end the 116-run stand for the third wicket. Kohli, meanwhile, reached his 15th Test fifty off 111 balls.From leading his side to U-19 ICC World Cup glory in 2008 in Kuala Lumpur to guiding India to the No.1 spot in Test rankings in 2016, Kohli has come a long way from being a batting prodigy to being one of the top batsmen and leaders of his generation.last_img read more